SMS is a management system for integrating aviation safety activities into normal day-to-day business practices. ICAO & FAA envision aviation service providers will integrate SMS into their operations and management as a systematic risk-based and process-oriented approach to managing safety; including changes to necessary organizational structures, accountabilities, policies and procedures. ICAO has mandated and FAA has been considering SMS rulemaking to enhance the practice of managing safety and oversight of that management. Such an approach stresses not only compliance with technical standards, but increases emphasis on those aviation risk management systems that ensure risk management and safety assurance.
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Aviation SMS Products

Hazard Reporting Solution
Starting at
$199/Month

Hazard Reporting Solution offers incredible savings for thrifty companies needing high-quality aviation SMS software.

Risk Management Solution
Starting at
$250/Month

Risk Management Solution designed for operators with limited SMS budgets using simple user-friendly Web-based SMS tools.

Safety-Quality Assurance allows operators to advance their ICOA SMS implementations to the top level.

Enterprise
Starting at
$799/Month

SMS Pro Enterprise provides unlimited file storage space for SMS activities and access to ALL SMS Pro modules.

ICAO Formal SMS Implementation for Aviation Service Providers

The Beginning...

ICAO demands compliance from aviation service operators around the world by implementing formal aviation safety management systems. “As of November 23, 2006 States shall require, as part of their safety programme, that an [operator, maintenance organization, ATS provider, certified aerodrome] implements a safety management system (SMS) accepted by the State that, as a minimum:
  • Identifies safety hazards.
  • Ensures that remedial action necessary to maintain an acceptable level of safety is implemented.
  • Provides for continuous monitoring and regular assessment of the safety level achieved.
  • Aims to make continuous improvement to the overall level of safety.” 

 

Rocky Road to Compliance...
Professionals became trained in the fundamentals of safety management systems. They created systems based on available tools, most often Word and Excel documents. Occasionally, an MS Access database would appear.

 

In most cases, we would see systems like the following, where

  • Users submit reports to safety managers (or security, quality & compliance);
  • Reports would funnel up to department heads to aggregate and analyze;
  • Upper management would receive only basic reports;
  • When auditors or quarterly/annual reports were required, considerable time was required.
  • Data was not aggregated in order to get timely and meaningful reports.
  • Opportunities to improve efficiencies or quality are not realized.
  • No way to determine trends over larger time spans or multiple operations.
  • No way to easily determine what types of issues were costing the money.

Problems at Enterprise Level...

Data management challenges at the department level bubble up to the Enterprise level. Aggregating and analyzing data from disparate data sources becomes too much work for already busy managers, and can never be done in real time.

When top management asks for the most current reports, lower level managers must involve the entire reporting chain because the data is not centralized.

Current aviation SMS Data management strategies for hazard reporting are distributed and require too much time and money to get valid data
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